Great Melton succumbed to a 54 run defeat against a strong Old Buckenham side in the first Mid-Norfolk Sunday League Premier game of the season thanks to a splendid innings from A. Laurence. His innings of 173* accounted for more than 2 thirds of Old Buckenham’s total and included 23 boundaries and 4 maximums.

After winning the toss and electing to field, Melton skipper Marcus Godbold hoped for early wickets on a flat looking deck with a sharp outfield. His brave decision was not rewarded as after 10 overs, Old Bucks were 64 without loss. The breakthrough was made when the economical Olly Harris (10-0-35-1) was brought into the attack, taking Jonathan Fudge’s (16) wicket to leave Bucks 80/1 off 14 and looking strong with Laurence at the crease. Jack McCurley (9-0-51-2) removed Jon Lund (6) and J. Alexander (4) with 2 excellent deliveries. Harris and McCurley providing Melton with some spells of dominance in the middle overs. Melton looked towards the spin of Neal Clarke (6-0-46-1) and Alex Cooper (4-0-48-0), the former of which was a tad unlucky to have only taken one wicket, having Laurence caught by Matt Clarke (11-1) on the boundary, only for it to be carried over the boundary for 6. Melton lacked a finishing bowler in the last 10 overs, conceding 90 runs, to leave them chasing a formidable, yet achievable 256. The plastic cup of the skipper’s orange squash was half full.

Great Melton’s innings got off to a slow start, mainly thanks to the bowling of first team opener P. Goldsmith (6-4-5-0) and Fint (10-1-45-2) only allowing Melton to achieve 29 runs in the first 11 overs. Richard Wood (12) struggled to get going and mistimed a full toss to mid-on, then with Harris (0) departing early to a ball which decided not to bounce, Melton were in a bit of a pickle with 61/2 off 17. Godbold joined Cooper at the crease and the message was to attack the fielders and bowling. Godbold and Cooper both hit 18 in one over in 10 overs of boundary hitting and good running between the wickets, building a partnership of 91 in that time. Both bringing up their half centuries with maximums. However, the purple patch ended when Cooper was bowled by man of the match Laurence (6-1-16-2) for 65 and Godbold was stumped the next over off the bowling of Thompson trying to carry on the momentum. He mustered 57 in 10 overs. Chris Elliott then departed for 1 and some good running between the wickets by Nick Gristwood (17) and M. Clarke (21*) mixed with a lusty blow from Clarke gave Melton a glimmer of hope. However, a confusion in the middle saw Gristwood run out and the innings petered out in the last 6 overs with Melton creeping over the 200 mark to gain an extra bonus point.

Melton will learn many lessons from this game, mainly a lesson in batting from Laurence. But the 18wides conceded (Old Buck’s second top scorer) by Melton will need to be reduced and attacking batting play needs to improve if Melton are to survive amongst the cream of Norfolk’s Sunday sides this season.

J. Fudge b. Harris 16

A. Laurence 173*

J Lund b. McCurley 6

J Alexander b. McCurley 4

M Long st. S. Woods b. N Clarke 15

R. Thompson ct. J. McCurley b. N Clarke 17

P. Goldsmith 5*

Extras: 23

Total: 256 – 5

D. Rai 8 overs- 1 maiden – 47 runs- 0 wickets

N Gristwood 2-0-18-0

A Cooper 4-0-48-0

O Harris 10-0-35-1

J McCurley 9-0-51-2

N Clarke 6-0-46-1

M Clarke 1-0-11-1

 

R Wood Ct A. Thomson b. Fint 12

A Cooper b. Laurence 65

O Harris b. Fint 0

M Godbold st M. Long b. Thomson 57

C Elliott lbw Laurence 1

N Gristwood run out 17

M Clarke 21*

N Clarke 8*

Extras: 23

Total: 202-6

P Goldsmith 6-4-5-0

Fint 10-1-45-2

M Banham 8-1-58-0

G Meredith 4-0-32-0

A Laurence 6-1-16-2

A Thomson 6-0-25-1

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